Futura Laptop Desk

· Dimensions: 21” long x 11” wide
· 3/8” thick unfolded, 1/2” thick folded
· Weight: 16 ¼ ounces
· Screen height elevation: 3 ¾”
· Gripping rubber on both sides
· Heavy duty hinges
· Made from ABS plastic
· UV inhibited color fast
· One year warranty

Futura Laptop Desk was seemed well designed, small and fierce looking in all of its gun-metal gray glory (Lap Works mentioned in their newsletter that they will be launching the Futura Laptop Desk in an array of colors in the coming months). It’s made of high-impact ABS plastic and weighs about 16 ounces. It easily fit in my laptop bag and can be stored in a small desk drawer.

The Futura Laptop Desk was barely big enough to fit a mouse on the desk. This probably isn’t a big concern to most users of a portable laptop device, but I hate using the touchpad (LapWorks is planning on offering a snap-on MouzPad to help fit an external mouse onto the Futura Laptop Desk).
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Fujitsu LifeBook E8410

The Fujitsu LifeBook E8410 is a Santa Rosa updated model notebook featuring a low-end 8400M-G DX10 graphics card but excellent connectivity and port options as well as a great battery life. Let us see how well the Fujitsu LifeBook E8410 feels and performs, and how well this 15.4” business-oriented machine strikes a healthy balance in its design, power, and usability!

Specs :

· Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 Processor (Santa Rosa, 2.2GHz, 4MB L2 Cache, 800MHz FSB)
· Microsoft Genuine Windows Vista Business
· 15.4” Crystal View (Glossy) WXGA Display (1280x800)
· Integrated 1.3MP Webcam
· nVidia GeForce 8400M G DX10 Graphics Card – 128MB Dedicated
· 1GB DDR2 667MHz RAM (Upgraded to 2GB of DDR2 667MHz for the review)
· Fujitsu 100GB 5400RPM SATA 1.5 Hard Drive
· Modular Dual-Layer Multi-format DVD Writer
· Modem, Intel 4965AGN (802.11a/b/g/n) WiFi, 10/100/1000 GigE LAN, Bluetooth
· 8-call, 14.4V, 5200 mAh, 74.9 Whr Battery
· One year international warranty

the Fujitsu LifeBook E8410 would have cost a total of $1,849 before shipping and taxes.

Build and Design

the Fujitsu LifeBook E8410 's exterior consists largely of medium grade black matte plastic with some glossy highlights in the front for good looks. This business-oriented notebook would look good in just about any public appearance. It is not too flashy, nor is it too professional looking. The plastic is smooth to the touch without being slippery. However the glossy front "bumper" is definitely a fingerprint magnet.

Screen and Speakers

The Fujitsu LifeBook E8410 also houses a 15.4” wide-screen WXGA display with 1280x800 pixels. Speaking from a business perspective this is a low resolution. WSXGA+ at 1680x1050 would have been much better with regards to screen real estate at this price point, but at least the higher resolution is an option for $45 if you configure the Fujitsu LifeBook E8410 yourself. However, this screen on the Fujitsu LifeBook E8410 is absolutely beautiful head-on.

Processor and Performance
The Fujitsu LifeBook E8410 features the latest in processing and graphics technology with the newest Intel Santa Rosa CPU and an nVidia DX10 graphics card for playing the latest games within Vista. DX10 is especially new to gamers, as it promises more eye-candy and more realistic features and graphics within the gaming environment, which is something DX9 could not do without much more overhead. The Santa Rosa platform is also new, and introduces several new technologies including a faster FSB for laptops, future support for EFI (the future version of BIOS), support for Turbo Memory (embedded flash memory), and better WiFi and integrated graphics options.

Although the Fujitsu LifeBook E8410 comes with a DX10 nVidia 8400M G graphics card I could not get DX10 games to play. That said, a business machine does not need heavy graphics capability. You need something that can play a solitaire or chess game when your boss is not looking, or a little online multiplayer FEAR via the corporate network with a few of your lunch buddies. For low gaming needs this card will suffice. As shown in my scores below, this laptop performs about on-par with the nVidia X1400 according to benchmark score but in reality fares a little worse.

Input and Output Ports, Wireless, and Battery
The Fujitsu LifeBook E8410 contains a very nice range of ports to ensure both forwards and backwards compatibility with old and new hardware, to maximize your abilities to use all kinds of technology. The most welcome thing about this laptop’s array of ports is that it contains both PCMCIA and ExpressCard technology!

The E8410 contains the following list of standard ports:
· Four USB 2.0 Ports
· Serial Port
· Parallel Port
· Infrared
· Modem
· Gigabit Ethernet
· S-Video OUT
· Headphone/Audio-out Jack
· Microphone/Audio-in Jack
· IEEE 1394 (4-pin) Firewire 400
· Docking Connector
· SD/MMC Card Slot
· PCMCIA and ExpressCard Ports!

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Dell Inspiron 1520

The Dell Inspiron 1520 under review here is the latest 15.4” in an ever-growing succession of what can be categorized as “consumer mainstream” notebooks offered by Dell’s Home & Home Office division. Since the release of the Dell Inspiron 1520, Dell has also made available a very similar machine, the Vostro 1500, which can be purchased from the Small Business site. Unlike the Dell Inspiron 1520, which can be configured with any one of eight different colors, the Vostro 1500 is solid black. The Vostro also provides a Windows XP option, which is unavailable in the Dell Inspiron 1520.

It should also be noted, for the benefit of anyone who is somewhat new to this website, that there is plenty of additional information on the Dell Inspiron 1520, including an excellent full-featured review by someone who actually purchased the Dell Inspiron 1520 , as well as a side-by-side comparison of the Dell Inspiron 1520 and the HP dv6500t; this comparison includes a video that is definitely worth watching for anyone considering the Dell Inspiron 1520, the HP dv6500t or any other 15.4” consumer notebook.

Dell Inspiron 1520 Specs:
· Processor: Intel Core 2 Duo T7300 (2.0 GHz/4MB L2 Cache)
· OS: Microsoft Vista Home Premium
· Hard Drive: 160 GB SATA @ 5400RPM
· Screen: 15.4" WSXGA Widescreen (1680 x 1050)
· Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce 8600M GT 256MB
· RAM: 2.0GB DDR2 SDRAM @667 MHz (2 x 1GB)
· Optical Drive: 8x CD/DVD burner (DVD+/-RW) w/Double Layer Support
· Battery: 9-cell lithium ion
· Wireless: Intel 4965AGN
· Weight: 6.4 lbs
· Dimensions: 1.47-1.65” (H) x 14.12 “ (W) x 10.59" (D)
· Ports/Slots: 1 IEEE 1394 (FireWire); 4 Universal Serial Bus (USB 2.0); 8-in-1

Dell Inspiron 1520 Notebook Computer

Dell Inspiron 1520 Notebook Computer

Dell Inspiron 1520 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T5450 (1.66GHz/667Mhz FSB/2MB cache) 1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz plus 1GB Intel Turbo Memory® Jet Black Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280x800) Size: 160GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) CD / DVD writer (DVD+/-RW Drive) 128MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8400M GS High Definition Audio 2.0 Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem

Memory Card Reader; VGA Out; S-Video; RJ-45 Ethernet LAN; RJ-11 Modem; ExpressCard 54mm; stereo in, headphone/speaker out and dual digital mics
This Dell Inspiron 1520 weighs about six and a half pounds and is considered a mainstream consumer notebook. Though Dell Inspiron 1520 allows customization of the lid in up to eight different colors, our model has a conservative looking black lid. Because of that our machine lacks some of the consumer flair a “Flamingo Pink” lid would have offered. Nonetheless, my first impressions had to do with a couple of things that distinguish the Dell Inspiron 1520 from its predecessors:
1. The overall look is very different, in a good way.
2. The hardware, particularly in the form of graphics processing, will allow the Dell Inspiron 1520 to perform about as well as any notebook on the market, with the exception of outlandishly expensive gaming machines that lack any concessions with respect to size, battery life and cost.
These two characteristics are what make the Dell Inspiron 1520 such an impressive achievement. I actually briefly owned the previous Inspiron generation's e1705 model, and reviewed the prior-generation e1405 thin-and-light notebook. I must say, the look of the current lineup is immeasurably more appealing. The old silver-and-white style always got me thinking of things like shag carpet and popcorn ceilings: sure, one can make a case for these innovations, just as one can make a case for thick white plastic trim around a notebook, but in the end (which usually comes within a matter of weeks if not months), the style grows tired, the initial promise hollow. The new Inspiron series design is cleaner, simpler and more tasteful. A cousin of the Dell Inspiron 1520, which shares its look, is the AMD-based Inspiron 1521.

Dell Inspiron 1520 Notebook Computer

Dell Inspiron 1520 Notebook Computer

Dell Inspiron 1520 Intel® Core™ 2 Duo T5450 (1.66GHz/667Mhz FSB/2MB cache) 1GB Shared Dual Channel DDR2 at 667MHz plus 1GB Intel Turbo Memory® Jet Black Glossy, widescreen 15.4 inch display (1280x800) Size: 160GB SATA Hard Drive (5400RPM) CD / DVD writer (DVD+/-RW Drive) 128MB NVIDIA® GeForce® 8400M GS High Definition Audio 2.0 Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem

Input and Output Ports Dell Inspiron 1520
The Dell Inspiron 1520 has the following ports selection:
· (4) USB 2.0 Ports
· Integrated 10/100 LAN and 56K Modem
· IEEE 1394a
· 8-in-1 Card Reader
· VGA Video Output and S-Video
· Stereo In, Headphone/Speaker Out and Dual Digital Mics
· ExpressCard 54mm Slot
Battery Life
Under fairly heavy usage, e.g., a lot of hard drive activity, wireless going and the screen set to maximum brightness, I managed to run on the battery for almost three hours. Very light usage and a dim display, but wireless still running, yielded an additional hour or so. I expected a greater disparity, given that my usage for the two tests was at opposite ends of the spectrum, but I did have wireless enabled for the light-usage test, and both times seemed fairly strong for a machine with this power. With a little tweaking, I’m sure others could squeeze more life out of the 9-cell battery.

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